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Dr. Wulsin has written and taught extensively about depression in the context of medical illness, with particular emphasis on heart disease. 

Among his scientific publications are 12 articles related to psychiatric aspects of heart disease, including three reviews: “The Mortality of Depression: A Systematic Review” (1999); “Do Depressive Symptoms Increase the Risk for the Onset of Coronary Disease? A Systematic Quantitative Review” (2003); and “Is Depression a Major Risk Factor for Coronary Disease?” (2004). 

Dr. Wulsin is an active member of the American Psychosomatic Society and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He has served as a peer reviewer for articles on this topic for several leading academic journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Psychosomatic Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Psychosomatics. These activities keep him current on the latest research and practice standards in this area.

In addition to publishing scientific articles, Dr. Wulsin has published two short stories as well as a non-fiction piece and an opinion piece.  From 2006-2007, he published a weekly column, “Mind Matters,” in The Cincinnati Enquirer.  Recently, Dr. Wulsin finished his first novel, Small Wonders from the Department of Human Behavior, which includes nine stories about patients.

Several times a week, Dr. Wulsin sees patients in family practice clinics who have combined medical and psychiatric disorders.  He spends a lot of time talking to patients, their families, and medical staff about how depression affects medical illnesses, including coronary disease.  In addition to his regular teaching duties, he has made presentations at national and international meetings on depression and heart disease. Dr. Wulsin has participated in TV, radio, and journalism interviews with local and national newscasters, concerning depression, panic disorder, and depression’s links to heart disease.  In 2005-2006, he regularly contributed 10-minute interviews on regional topics related to mental health to the weekend radio program Cincinnati Edition, on NPR affiliate WVXU

Dr. Wulsin is the training director of a combined residency program that trains physicians to be board certified in both family medicine and psychiatry. He is the father of four boys in their teens and twenties, and is married to a physician epidemiologist who specializes in international public health and the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

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About Dr. Wulsin
Lawson R. Wulsin, MD, is a professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, where he has taught for the past 20 years in his subspecialty areas of psychosomatic medicine and primary care psychiatry.  In 1989, he established a Mood Disorders Center for the treatment and study of depression and related disorders.  In 1995, he created a training program that qualifies graduates to practice both family medicine and psychiatry. 

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